27 June 2012

complexities of place, desire & belonging

Ewan Atkinson, Love Hate Indifference (2007)

I am thrilled to share on conscious vibration the launch of a beautiful online multi-media collection I've been working on for over a year. I would like to thank my co-editors (especially Rosamond and Vidyaratha - for the 'birth' and careful attention to detail), and to all of our contributors for trusting us with their work. 

It's been a journey to gather, collect, edit, and connect voices, art, critique, reports and varied perspectives into one collection. And it was worth every minute. I invite you to delve into this collection - read, listen, watch, enjoy, be troubled, debate, and reflect on the complexity of sexual minority lives and experiences, politics and organizing, struggles and success, pain and joy, and most of all the carving of space for desire.

From the introduction:

The collection refers to a complex range of sexual identities, preferences, and orientations, and includes a few voices engaging with trans-identity. The collection crosses disciplines, intersects communities, bridges theory and activism, and highlights the relentless and strategic work of community workers, artists, activists, and scholars across the region. This may be the strongest element of the collection—the bringing together or “gathering” of voices (continuing the work of Our Caribbean – A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writings in the Antilles) in multiple media to offer a complex understanding of the Caribbean sexual landscape at home and abroad.  
 - Rosamond S. King & Angelique V. Nixon 


The Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network
Proudly Introduces:

Theorizing Homophobias in the Caribbean:
Complexities of Place, Desire and Belonging

An online multi-media collection of activist reports, creative writing, critical essays, film, interviews, music, and visual and performance art reflecting the complexities of homophobias in the Caribbean, while also expanding awareness of Caribbean sexual minority experiences and activism in the region and its diaspora. 

Towards greater understanding and deeper reflections of Caribbean Sexualities, this online collection features engaging scholarly work and highlights of exciting activism across the region, alongside dynamic artistic expressions. There is a complex range of viewpoints and attitudes that must be accounted for in our defining of homophobias, and this collection aims to give a platform to some of those perspectives.

Rodell Warner, from Photobooth Project, Erotic Art Week

Featuring work by: 
  • Zahra Airall – Short Story (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Ewan Atkinson – Visual Art (Barbados)
  • Larry Chang (JGFM & J-FLAG) – Interview with Thomas Glave (Jamaica/USA)
  • Sekou Charles & Colin Robinson – Film and Poem (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Charmaine Crawford - Critical Essay (Barbados)
  • Fred Cronard - Interview (Martinique)
  • Maria Govan and Kareem Mortimer – Interview (The Bahamas)
  • Lawrence Graham-Brown – Performance Art (Jamaica/United States)
  • Erin Greene (Rainbow Alliance) – Activist Report & Interview (The Bahamas)
  • Joanne Hillhouse – Poetry (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Rosamond S. King – Essay (Trinidad and Tobago/United States)
  • Las Krudas – Music Video & Lyrics (Cuba)
  • Steve Laguerre (SEROvie)– Interview (Haiti)
  • Angelique V. Nixon – Essay (The Bahamas/United States)
  • Carmen Oquendo-Villar – Film (Puerto Rico)
  • Colin Robinson (CAISO) – Activist Report & Interview (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Lawrence Scott - “Chameleon” - Short Story (Trinidad and Tobago/United Kingdom)
  • Savannah Shange – Essay (United States)
  • Joel Simpson - Interview (Guyana)
  • Tieneke Sumter & Chrystabelle Beaton - Interview (Suriname)
  • Suriname Men United – Activist Report (Suriname)
  • Rodell Warner – Visual Art (Trinidad and Tobago)

Created by the Caribbean Region of the International Resource Network (irnweb.org). 

Edited by Rosamond S. King, Angelique V. Nixon,

Natalie Bennett, Colin Robinson, and Vidyaratha Kissoon.

Please visit the collection at www.caribbeanhomophobias.org, forward this message to others, and comment about it on our Facebook Fan Page!

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